General information


English is widely spoken though Myanmar language is in majority and 135 ethnics group has their own languages and dialects. Besides English speaking tour guides, other languages such as French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Thai and Spanish speaking tour guides are available. Over 80% of Myanmar are Theravada Buddhist and the rest with Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Animist.


Any nationality visiting Myanmar requires a visa to Myanmar. Visa can be obtained at any of Myanmar Embassy or consulates general near you. Most Myanmar Embassy has website and visa application form can be downloaded on line. If there is no Myanmar Embassy at your home country, Bangkok is the best place to get your visa to Myanmar.


No official restriction to take along the personal electronic devices such as PC, camera, GPS, etc. Purchase the valuable item such as jewelry, antique and wood carvings only at the government registered shops which issue an official receipt to present on your departure. Tourists can take USD 2000 per person in cash. Beyond that amount, you may declare at the custom. Yet, it’s NOT a problem even if you don’t do so. The custom never checks tourist like a suspect. You can bring as much as you can. A few thousands USD won’t bother anyone.


Only very few hotels and restaurants accept credit cards. Therefore, please bring enough cash for all your personal expenses. Local money is called ‘KYAT’. USD is widely acceptable in most part of tourist destinations. Please make sure that the bills are completely new. Any ‘CB’ serial numbers, small head, with little dirt, marks, crease and slightly damaged USD bills are not accepted. Please try to have completely (completely) new USD bills in order to avoid any acceptability challenges.


No inoculations/vaccinations are required unless one is from/passing through an infected area. However, suggest bringing your daily medications as some of them may not available in Myanmar. Recommend to drink only bottled water throughout your journey. Mosquito repellents are helpful.


Climate is influenced by the annual monsoon that comes in regularly from the Bay of Bengal. As a result, Myanmar has three seasons – hot, rainy and cold. Due to different topographical feature, temperature as well as rain is different from region to region. The provinces in the hilly regions have pleasant climate while the central low land share relatively hot climate. The same is true in annual rain. The southwestern coast of Myanmar receives rain 200 inches per year whilst the central flat land receives less than 20 inches per year. Each season has its own attraction. During monsoon (May to early October), landscapes are green and lash and absolutely fine to visit central and upper Myanmar such as Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake.


International Direct Dialing is available throughout Myanmar but the charges are relatively expensive. Email facilities are available at many hotels and some of cyber cafe in Yangon and Mandalay. Web-based free emails may not be accessible in Myanmar. It is very easy to buy and choose Sim-Cards at the airport or in downtown area with internet packages with getting around $1-2 to buy a Sim card and 5$ to 10$ for internet package, depending on how much data you wish to buy, and how long you are going to be in Country. There are four operators Ooredoo, Telenor, MPT and MyTel. Any of the first three companies (Ooredoo, Telenor or MPT) offer very similar rates, and also coverage across the country. MyTel is the newest one.


Light casual wears are recommended for all year round. Please bring warm clothes (Oct-Feb) as the temperature is down to 2?C at night and in the morning. Avoid sleeveless and shorts while visiting religious sites as well as shoes and socks are to be taken off.


Air travel is the quickest and most comfortable mode of transport in Myanmar. Currently, , Air Mandalay, Manyadanarpone  Airline, Golden Myanmar Air, Asia Wings, Yangon Airway , Myanmar National Airway and Air KBZ are private air carrier in Myanmar using ATR 72 aircraft which are made in France.


In Yangon, Chinatown locates in downtown area. It situates in the position less than a mile from Sule Pagoda. There are many shops selling things range from fresh fruits to precious gems and jewellery. From the afternoon to at night, night market China Town is crowded with consumers and dinners as there are food stalls besides the main road(the lower block). 19th street is well known for draught beer outlets. People come here to spend their evenings at these outlets. Locally distilled spirits: rum, gin, whiskey are also available.

Circular Train

Circular train service is available but not punctual because circular trains have to share the common track with in-town and out-town long-distance train and has to give priority to them. If one of those trains delayed, schedule of the circular train would be adjusted or may be canceled. The best way to obtain the updated information is asking at ticked booth. There are 11 local trains for circular train service through 37 railway stations. The route and the stations are marked as ‘Myo Pat Railway Line’ on the Map of Yangon. From Insein Station, the first train leaves at 5:00 am and the last one at 9:00 pm. From Mingalardon Station, the train starts operation at 6:00 am and the last train leaves at 8:00 pm. The circular trains make a total of 25 round trips daily. As a result there is a train for every 15 minutes.

Safe Travel & Security

Myanmar is the safest country in the Southeast Asia for the travelers. No pick pockets, no kidnapping and we hardly heard any kind of disturbances to tourists in Myanmar. Nepotism in media, exacerbated by higher technology in communication, had made Myanmar a county of repugnant and repressive. A theory can’t be proved, however, without experiencing it. An empirical finding is of most importance in those days. Truth will come at the very first moment when you step on a landof unexplored. Welcome to Myanmar.